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CRWD Meeting cancellation notice

Meeting Cancellation Notice

The November 27th, 2013, Work Session of the Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers has been canceled. If you have questions or concerns, contact the District Office at (320) 274-3935.

Published in the Tri-County News Thursdays, Nov. 14 and 21, 2013.

CRWD Minutes work session Oct. 23, 2013

UNOFFICIAL MINUTES Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers Work Session OCTOBER 23, 2013 - 7:00PM Kimball City Hall, Kimball, MN

Chair Schiefelbein called the Work Session Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Managers Bob Schiefelbein, Mary Ellen Wells, Paul DeGree and Jerry Risberg were present. Others in attendance were Greg Bild, Jeff Hagg, Theresa Hagg, Brandon Larkin, Jeremy Sivula, Jeff Westrum, Lori Westrum, Jeff Golden, Cole Loewen, and Administrator Dennis Loewen.

Motion #WS13-10-1: DeGree, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt the agenda. All managers voted aye.

Chair Schiefelbein opened the public hearing on delinquent utility accounts.

Administrator Loewen presented the list of current delinquent accounts for sewer systems the District owns and operates. Loewen also presented two requests to waive existing late fees and finance charges on 263 Baxter Rd. and 253 Battle Rd. These are properties on the Clearwater Harbor Sewer System.

Managers indicated for staff to review existing delinquent utility policy and make recommended changes at a future Board meeting that will assist staff in handling such requests going forward.

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UNOFFICIAL MINUTES Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers Meeting October 9, 2013

UNOFFICIAL MINUTES Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers Meeting October 9, 2013 - 7:00 P.M. Annandale Middle School, Annandale, MN

Chair Schiefelbein called the regular meeting to order at 7 p.m. Managers Jerry Risberg, Paul DeGree, Mary Ellen Wells and Bob Schiefelbein were present. Also in attendance were Commissioner Christine Husom, Dorothy Welch, Doug Von Arb, Jack Gleason, Jeff Golden, John Schmitz, Keith Sadowsky, Orville Jonsrud, Nathan Miller, Robert Kuechle, Cole Loewen, Engineer Rebecca Kluckhohn, Advisor Merle Anderson, and Administrator Dennis Loewen.

Motion #13-10-1: DeGree, seconded by Risberg, moved to adopt the Agenda. All managers voted aye.

Dorothy Welch, Jack Gleason, and Keith Sadowsky, on behalf of the Lake Augusta Association, presented a petition to the Board of Managers to amend the Lake Augusta Milfoil Treatment Project to Lake Augusta Aquatic Invasive Species Project.

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CRWD Advertisements for Bids for Kimball Phase II Stormwater Improvements

Advertisement for Bids SECTION 00020 CLEARWATER RIVER WATERSHED DISTRICT

Kimball Phase II Stormwater Improvements

Class of Work: Street and Utility Improvements and Stormwater Basin Excavation

Bids Close At: 1 PM, Nov. 7, 2013

NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS

Sealed Bid Proposals will be received by the Engineer Wenck Associates at its office, 1800 Pioneer Creek Center, P.O. Box 249, Maple Plain, MN 55359, until
1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 7th, at which time such bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. The work, in accordance with Plans and Specifications prepared by Wenck Associates, Inc., consists of all labor, materials, tools, permits, bonds, machinery, equipment, and services including utility and transportation services necessary for:

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CRWD Minutes work session Sept. 25

UNOFFICIAL MINUTES Clearwater River Watershed District Board of Managers Work Session SEPTEMBER 25, 2013 - 7:00 P.M. Kimball City Hall, Kimball, MN

Chair Schiefelbein called the Work Session Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Managers Bob Schiefelbein, Mary Ellen Wells, Paul DeGree and Jerry Risberg were present. Others in attendance were Greg Bild, Jeff Hagg, Brandon Larkin, Jeremy Sivula, Jeff Westrum, Brian Koski (Septic Check), Dean Nelson (Septic Check), Jeff Golden, Cole Loewen, and Administrator Dennis Loewen.

Motion #WS13-09-1: DeGree, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to adopt the Agenda. All managers voted aye.

Brian Koski and Dean Nelson from Septic Check presented on four topics regarding the Clearwater Harbor and Hidden River Sewer Systems. They are:

1. Telemetry and alarm issues, including work performed by Telemetry & Process Controls, Inc.

2. Updates to maintenance schedule, including new emergency signage.

3. 215 Alder Road sewer backup – potential safe guards.

4. System upgrades recom-
mendations.

A copy of Septic Check’s report is available for review at the District’s office.

Lengthy discussion was held regarding all four topics. Summary of discussion listed below:

1. After corrections were made, the telemetry system was tested and found to be working.

2. Both systems are meeting current requirements from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. However, the sand filters are still not working to their design specifications. There is potential for the system to be required to conduct extra treatment for nitrogen removal in the future.

3. Brandon Larkin, owner of 215 Alder Road, will contact the District office in the next couple of weeks after reviewing the suggested options for potential safe guards.

4. Jeff Westrum, resident in attendance, informed the Board there will be a petition circulated among the residents on the Clearwater Harbor Sewer System to have the Board of Managers hire a third-party to investigate the root issues with the systems and make determinations on fault, if any.

5. Septic Check will address these items:

a. Find solution to nuisance alarm.

b. Check into upgrading battery backups.

c. Change inspection of battery backups to monthly.

d. Change alarm structure so that Clearwater Harbor lift stations will continue to pump to treatment area even if recirculation alarm is active.

e. Ensure lift station pump sequencing – lift stations down the line will not pump until confirmed above lift stations are operational (power outages).

6. Office staff will address these items:

a. Calculate how much has been expended per year on upgrades to the existing telemetry system.

b. Send out reminder to residents of both system (with 4th quarter mailing) to contact the emergency number listed on the system when alarm lights are on.

c. In investigating the question of fault for poor performance of systems regarding the sand filters and telemetry, seek input from District legal counsel on questions of: bonding, system design, faulty construction litigation and chain of fault, and Wenck Associates, Inc. exposure to fault.

7. Board of Managers will continue discussion on these items:

a. Formation of a task force to assist Board of Managers in discussion of upgrades.

b. Beginning preliminary analysis of upgrades to both systems.

c. Question of fault for poor performance of systems.

This overall discussion will continue at the Board’s October 23,
2013 Work Session.

Greg Bild, Jeff Hagg, Brandon Larkin, Jeremy Sivula, and Jeff Westrum left the meeting at
8:24 p.m.

The Board reviewed the September 25th, 2013 financial update.

Motion #WS13-09-2: Wells, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to pay bills of $18,360.52 in 11 payments, subject to audit. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #WS13-09-3: Wells, seconded by DeGree, made a motion to pay invoice from Telemetry & Process Controls in the amount of $945.00. All Managers voted aye.

Cole Loewen gave an update on the District’s insurance coverage. Due to not receiving more thorough information until today, Cole Loewen recommend this item be cover at a later meeting. After discussion, Board set this item to be included on the agenda for the October 9, 2013 regular meeting.

Cole Loewen reminded the Board of the call for annual resolutions from the Minnesota Association of Watershed District’s. The Board has no resolutions to submit for this year.

Administrator Loewen reviewed the remainder of the District’s Staff Report, which included:

1. Minutes from the September 17, 2013 Advisory Committee meeting, as well as a recommendation to remove Gerald Auge from the Advisory Committee due to inactivity, and to seek a replacement.

2. 2013 Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) Academy training event.

3. Staff recommendation to purchase a one-year, $50,000.00 Certificate of Deposit (CD) at Annandale State Bank instead of the previous two-year CD purchase approved by the Board at their August 14, 2013 regular meeting.

4. Request for Board to complete questionnaire from the Mississippi River (St. Cloud) Watershed Project.

5. Attendance by Administrator Loewen at a Clear Lake Property Owners Association meeting on October 29, 2013 to discuss the future of aquatic invasive species (AIS) treatment on that lake.

6. Open period for RFPs for fiscal year 2014 BWSR grants.

7. Further correspondence from Paul Jorgensen regarding appealing the Board’s decision to take no action on his request as presented at the September 11, 2013 public hearing on amending Project #06-1.

8. Correspondence from the Lake Augusta Association regarding their petition to change the Lake Augusta Milfoil Treatment Project to an AIS Project.

9. Adjustments to Timberwoods and Springdale Resort Association’s units of benefit for the Clearwater River Chain of Lakes (1980) Operation and Maintenance Assessment per review of original Appraisal Report, with Wright County Assessor Office, and District attorney.

During the discussion of the Staff Report as listed above, the following motions were made:

Motion #WS13-09-4: Risberg, seconded by DeGree, made a motion to remove Gerald Auge from the District’s Advisory Committee due to inactivity, and to promote the opening on the committee to the general public. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #WS13-09-5: Risberg, seconded by DeGree, made a motion to authorize registration for the 2013 BWSR Academy (and subsequent lodging) for Cole Loewen and Administrator Dennis Loewen. All Managers voted aye.

Motion #WS13-09-6: Wells, seconded by DeGree, made a motion to purchase a one-year, $50,000.00 Certificate of Deposit from Annandale State Bank. All managers voted aye.

Under other business, discussion was held on:

1. Wright County Board of Commissioners will be posting to fill the seat vacated by former manager Kampa.

2. DNR staff from St. Paul will be examining Thiel Creek sometime in the next couple of weeks to determine if there has been a change in hydrology.

3. Legal descriptions for the easements at Kimball Stormwater Phase II have been completed by the surveyor. District attorney is incorporating them into the easements. Permitting is moving forward.

4. Letter to the common interest holders regarding the Highway 55 component of the Cedar Lake Watershed Protection and Improvement Project were sent out last week.

Motion #WS13-09-7: DeGree, seconded by Risberg, made a motion to Adjourn. All managers voted aye.

THESE MINUTES ARE AVAILABLE AT: www.crwd.org.

CRWD AUDIT REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ANNANDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Chair, Bob Schiefelbein

Secretary, Paul DeGree

Published in the Tri-County News Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.